Touring Montevideo with children has a particular charm. Young people need to be outdoors, enter places where they have freedom of movement, play and interact with the older ones and above all, have fun and be surprised. In this article we suggest 10 attractions where you can safely enjoy your vacation without hearing the so feared phrases "I want to leave" or "How far is it?".
1. Lecocq Park
Located on the outskirts of Santiago Vázquez, the 60-hectare park is a support center for the conservation of biodiversity, nationally and internationally. Located on the banks of the Santa Lucia River 19.5 km from the city center, the park hosts more than 500 animals. Its origins go back to the years 1946 and 1949 when a zoo with animal species from all over the world was created. Currently, it is designed as an Ecological Park, combining a zoo, a scientific center, a museum and a botanical garden.
It houses an interpretation center of Parque Natural Municipal Humedales (Wetland Municipal Natural Park) of the Santa Lucia river, that offers guided visits.
Address: Luis Batlle Berres - Km 19.5
Hours: Summer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Winter from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (00598 2) 312 0013
Guided tours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Guided tours: Paseo del Monte: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2. Museum of Pre-Columbian and Indigenous Art
It displays more than 700 archeological and ethnographic pieces of indigenous people in America and the present territory of Uruguay. In the Mapi, the youngest can discover what these lands were like thousands of years ago, what animals inhabited them, what the first settlers did not to get bored and what things they invented to entertain their children. Visitors can enjoy all this while engaging in different activities designed so that children, teenagers and adults can become familiar and learn a little more about the Indigenous America.
Address: 25 de Mayo 279 on the corner of Pérez Castellano
Hours: Mondays to Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Phone: (598) 2916 9360.
3. The Macarena "At the end of the Wetland"
This proposal includes several walks through incredible natural corners located a few kilometers from the capital. La Macarena is immersed in the wetlands of Santa Lucia. These are characterized by being the only salt water wetlands in South America, the most extensive and important in Uruguay and thw wetlands that contain a high degree of biodiversity, including more than half of the species of birds of our country. Boat tours along the channels and beaches, jeep tours in the Criollo woods and a tour of the productive area with more than 50,000 fruit trees are part of the options for visitors. An important aspect is that tours are offered for blind and disabled people.
The planetarium of Montevideo “Agr. Germán Barbato" was opened on February 11, 1955, being the first in Latin America. In addition, the Spitz, its main projector, is the oldest in the world still in operation. There are regular visits to watch the stars, day or night, many of which have the honorary collaboration of amateur astronomers. The planetarium is a highly recommendable walk for star and planet fans. “Ciencia Viva” (Live Science), an active science museum, operates in the basement of the Planetarium. It opens its facilities between May and November. The activities of the planetarium are free in general.
Address: Gral. Rivera Avenue 3275.
5. Espacio Ciencia (Science Space)
This interactive science and technology museum belongs to the Uruguayan Technological Laboratory (LATU) and offers themed exhibitions on: Antarctica, Anthill, Respira Uruguay and others. It is open from July to November, with special hours during July holidays. The exhibitions are aimed at children of all ages under family supervision.
Address: Avda. Bologna between Avda. Italia and Maria Saldún
Hours: July to November, Mondays to Fridays: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. July holidays: every day from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Telephone: 26013724 int. 1170-1171
6. Torres García Museum
The museum´s proposal is to understand and feel art from the perspective of the famous Uruguayan painter Joaquín Torres García, one of the great masters of Modern Art. Visitors can learn the fundamental concepts of his work through the senses, by playing. The activity takes place in the permanent room of the Torres García Museum, where oil paintings, drawings and the originals of the transformable toys made by the artist are exhibited. It is also possible to experiment with the facsimile reproductions of the artist's toys. What is so special about these toys? How do they work? What shapes are they made of? What do they share with other works by Torres? Can they teach us how to create? All this and more is part of the proposal that the museum has prepared for the little ones and their families. Visits need to be scheduled in advance.
Address: Peatonal Sarandí 683
Neighborhood: Ciudad vieja (Old City)
Schedule: Open all year from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Phone number: 2916 26 63 | 2915 65 44 | 2915 26 35
Description: Duration: 1 hour Price: $ 150 (Uruguayan pesos)
7. Mechanical attractions of Parque Rodó
This amusement park in Montevideo is a classic for families with both small children and not so much. There are two entertainment areas with rides and several food options. One is located on Boulevard Artigas and 21 de Setiembre and gathers the attractions for smaller children: merry go rounds, auto rides, crazy cups rides, etc. and the other one is by the beach, Playa Ramírez. This last one, apart from attractions of similar characteristics, has more daring rides for teenagers such as The House of Terror, Flying Parasols, the Samba Rock Ride and a Ferris Wheel.
Hours: Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 2.30 pm to 9 pm
8. Children's City
This is an entertainment center for the family where children and adults explore their creativity through symbolic games. It can be defined as a city on a scale of 2,500 m2, where the kids and their families can play and pretend to be what they want and even discover their vocation. Kids can be journalists, jewelers, gas station employees, models, artists, doctors, cameramen, firefighters, stylists, TV hosts, the roles to play are many and the best is that kids can try them all.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm to 7pm. + INFO
9. Paintball and Laser Shots in Montevideo
Shooting wars, whether it is paint or laser lights has become an international trend. In Montevideo there are several places to practice them, such as Area51, in the heart of Montevideo, which has 3 indoor paintball courts for children over 12 and a Laser Shot area for children over 6.
10 - Puntogame
Escape Room is a new experience in the form of a real escape game, designed for groups of 2 to 5 players, for friends, family and businesses. Set in a time and place, your team has a mission to play. They will only need wits, skills, logics and team work. All the adrenaline and fun concentrate in just 60 minutes.
Address: Soriano 943 bis. Esq. W. F. Aldunate
Hours: Every day from 10 am to 10 pm, with prior arrangement.
Phone: (+ 598) 95 560 098